For her mother, this was the search for a Sasquatch riding a unicorn. You can't find one. Her mission impossible ended quickly. Boca Raton resident Andy Rudnick, a former Boston University student, this year celebrates the 30th anniversary of his creation, the MatzoBall, now a nationwide series of high-energy Christmas Eve parties in which Jewish singles fill empty bars and nightclubs while their non-Jewish friends are busy with yuletide celebrations.
Hitch in the plans Rudnick has a single goal for the MatzoBall: Getting unattached Jews married. The parties, aimed at people ages , are co-sponsored by the Society of Young Jewish Professionals and the Jewish dating site JDate. Rudnick is offering discounted hotel rooms at the Fontainebleau on Christmas Eve as an unsubtle hint.
If two Jews get married, they constantly make three or four more, right? You've got to plant the seeds, brother. He met his wife, Catherine, at a MatzoBall in Their first date was about seven weeks later she rejected his initial request , and a year after that they were married with twins on the way. The MatzoBall is similarly efficient, filling clubs with people already looking for a relationship, Rudnick says. But when two people meet who are mentally prepared to commit to a relationship, that's when sparks fly," Rudnick says.
I can go to a nightclub anytime I want, but why would I go to the MatzoBall? I'm going there to meet the Jewish guy or Jewish girl of my dreams. One daughter has attended a MatzoBall. Jack had a more prosaic reason for being at the MatzoBall 30 years ago: It was the only thing going on in Boston. Every Christmas Eve, the hottest bars and clubs in cities across the country sit empty while thousands of young Jews are looking for entertainment. That the MatzoBall coincides with the first day of Hanukkah and falls on a Saturday should make this night on the town all the more popular.
Will it be her goal to make a connection with a new guy or just have a fun night out posting pictures of the skin-baring crowd back to frozen friends in her hometown Chicago? The night will be young, so we'll see where it takes us," she says. There's always great music playing, dancing, and everyone's always having fun. Her parents, who live in Delray Beach, are planning their major Hanukkah party on Sunday, allowing her to party at Vibe Saturday night guilt-free. They say, 'Hey, go to MatzoBall.
Have a great time. Please find a nice Jewish husband,'" Goldstein says, laughing. For more information, go to MatzoBall.